Easy Shark Back to School Pencil Holder or Vase DIY for Shark Week

Here’s a great craft for kids!  It involves recycling and can be for back to school as a pencil holder, or it can be used around the house as a vase (incase you want to decorate for Shark Week!).  Inexpensive and easy!  What could be better?

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You will need:
–  Blue, white and red craft foam:  https://amzn.to/2LzmwNr
–  Craft eyes (could do googly eyes or black buttons):  https://amzn.to/2BArNA2
–  Glue – I used hot glue, but any glue would work – a tacky glue would be good for kids:  https://amzn.to/2BArSUm
–  Empty jar – I used a plastic peanut butter jar (cleaned out of course!)

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Create a template using paper.  You can see how I did it in the video.  I use it to measure around the jar and cut one side oval to create the snout of the shark.  I repeat and create a smaller one for the bottom of the shark.

2.  Take the templates and trace around them onto the craft foam.  The larger template (or top of shark) on the blue foam.  The smaller template (or bottom of the shark) on the white foam.  Cut them out.

3.  Now is a good time to double check the sizing.  If they fit as you would like, glue them onto the jar.  I used hot glue for the demonstration.  Any glue should work, but you will have a longer drying time and might want to secure the foam in place with rubber bands, while the glue is drying.  Remember to glue the white piece on first and then the blue.  You want the blue to overlap.

4.  Cut thin strips of red, long enough to fit in the upper and lower jaws of the shark.  Those will be his gums.  Secure into place with glue.

5.  Cut a strip of white foam and cut triangles out of it.  Do not cute individual triangles, but leave it in a strip.  It will be easier to secure as compared to having to glue each individual tooth.  Do that for the top and the bottom, then glue into place.  I did it behind the gums.

6.  Cut out a template (from a sheet of paper) in the shape of a fin.  Hold it to the shark and see if it looks like the right size.  Then trace onto the blue craft foam, cut out and glue into place.  Sometimes the glue can get a little messy and squish out from under the fin.  I cut two thin strips and affixed them to either side of the fin.  Cut very small rectangles and glue them onto the side of the head as gills.  I did three on each side.

7.  Glue the eyes into place.

That’s it!  Let it cool or dry and you can start using it!  

Happy Shark Week!  Good luck at school this year!  Remember:  Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

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1 thought on “Easy Shark Back to School Pencil Holder or Vase DIY for Shark Week”

  1. Oh how cute is this!! Pinned it to our Kids Crafts group Pinterest board. Would LOVE it if you'd stop by Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop on Ducks 'nj a Row this week to share it. My readers will love it!


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